Artistic Rebecca Herring is enjoying the fruits of her labour after unveiling her very first exhibition.
The 24-year-old, from Westoe, South Shields, has spent the last eight months working as an intern at the Customs House’s art gallery.
Now, a collection of her drawings, dubbed Animals, has gone on display at the venue in Mill Dam, South Shields.
She created the pictures of a donkey, elephants, highland cow, llama and doe, with a fineliner on cartridge paper.
Rebecca, who completed a degree in interior design at the University of Sunderland in 2013, said: “This exhibition began with me drawing a picture of a highland cow for my nephew, Ethan Moncrieffe, to hang in his new bedroom.
“That got me going and I decided to draw more animals. I really like goofy looking animals and wanted to draw some like that.
It’s a little bit overwhelming to think that people are going to see them when they come to the Customs House.Rebecca Herring
“It feels amazing to see them up on the walls, it’s the first time I’ve ever seen my drawings displayed like this, rather than just lying in a pile in my bedroom, and it’s hard to explain how good it feels.
“It’s a little bit overwhelming to think that people are going to see them when they come to the Customs House.”
Rebecca’s work is also due to go on display at Ernest bar in Ouseburn, Newcastle, next month.
Esen Kaya, visual arts curator at the Customs House, said: “It’s been a delight to have Rebecca working with us, and I feel that in the last eight months she’s really flourished and grown as a person and as an artist.
“Being here has given her the confidence to go out there and develop her own product.
“It was a natural step to display her artwork. I’m really proud of what she’s achieved and I feel she’s got excellent times ahead of her.”
Rebecca added: “Esen said she’s really pleased with my work, which is amazing, and I’ve actually already sold the drawing of the elephants.
“It’s amazing that someone saw my work hanging up and wanted to buy it – I can’t believe it.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time working at the Customs House, I’ve learned so much from Esen, she’s been a brilliant mentor.
“I’m really interested in a job in art and I’d love to work in a gallery.”
Rebecca’s work is currently on display in the Stair well Gallery.